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Front Axle Load Support

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Ray, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Ray

    Ray PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    I’ve been looking at 3 different load supports for the front of my 2012 F250 4x4. The 3 that I have found are manufactured by Timbern, Air-lift Air Cell and Super Springs Sumo. I had Timrens on my 2000 F250 so I am familiar with them, but they all seem to mount the same way and provide the same function. My questions are, is there really any difference other than the material that they are made of? The Timberns are the most expensive of the 3, are they really worth almost $50 difference?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    Timbrens just help.with loaded weight.
    Air springs or air helpers will help the ride no matter loaded or unloaded. They also help you to carry more weight.
    Springs, will allow more weight as well but usually come with a stiffer ride drawback. All are good options. Up to the owner in the end
  3. Doughboy12

    Doughboy12 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,654

    Where did you price them from? I just put some on for a fraction of the quoted price local.
    I got them from etrailer.com
    Note: free shipping runs on and off all the time...
  4. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 486

    Be careful with etrailer. I had horrible experience with them. Ordered brake hubs and breakaway kit for a trailer. They packed all in one box. The hubs, naturally, destroyed the plastic kit. Contacted etrailer, they pretty much said o well, we can't control what happens during shipping. They have not seen another cent from me since, nor will they ever.
  5. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    Hello k1768-sorry to hear of you bad experience, mine has been just the opposite. Have been my go to trailer and lighting co for 5 yrs. Have always resolved any issues quickly by e-mail request. Sometimes my fault sometime theirs. I normally do not get involved in something like this, but they have taken such good care of me, I felt the need, Sorry!
  6. Ray

    Ray PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    Well I ended up ordering Air Lift air bags for the front. They were almost half the price that I found for the Air Lift Load Cells. I will update how they are after I get them and they are installed.
  7. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Will be very interested to hear about them - take some pics under there while putting them in.
  8. Ray

    Ray PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    Major Dave, I will do my best to get pix. Hopefully they will be here for next wwekend.
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I guess why?
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,413

    I'll never install another t of Timbrens.

    I will spend money on airbags however.
  11. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    -what's the cost difference Mark? I've never had a pair. Are they always operational? Meaning always in support or like Timbrens only when a load bears down?
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,902

    None of them will increase your fgwr

    The cheapest and easiest are the timbrens

    Some will blame the add on's for there over loading of their truck and the failure

    Air bags have to be plumed separately ,
    They fail ( leak)

    If you want something you can forget about & never adjust get the timbrens
    I've use them on 3 different trucksThumbs Up
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
  13. Ray

    Ray PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    Here's a price break down for a 2012 Superduty
    Airlift air bags $77 shipped
    Airlift air cell $134 shipped
    Sumo springs $168 shipped
    Timbrens $214 shipped

    If I don't like the air bags I can always get the air cells and still be cheaper than Timbrens.
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,902

    Wow, the price for the timbres is twice as much as I paid for mine.
    I wouldn't get them ether at that price ether
  15. gasjr4wd

    gasjr4wd Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Anyone know of any front air bags for a 03 Dodge Ram 3500?
    My other options are Air Lift AirCell, SumoSprings, Firestone Work-Rite, or Timbrens. All are solid rubber type, no air despite the name. They are all about the same price. What one is smother out of the solid versions if I can't get air bags?
  16. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Where did ya get yours SnoFarmer? Sums are about the same...haven't heard about the others, but they are all chances of rubber! I do need to get for the Superduty and the Dodge.
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,413

    Strange, nothing listed for the '03.

    Try calling Michigan Truck Spring, here they are for an '02:


    Their tech support is pretty good.
  18. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Ray, is there a reason you wanted additional support?

    The 11+ F250 have a FGAWR of 6k on the Dana 60, and with the plow package 5940# or 6000# spring rates.

    With 760# of ballast behind the axle, my front only dips ~1" when I lift that 960# XV2. Heck, the extra weight makes it ride much better.

    If the springs can't take it, you're overloading your axle.